Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
820 AM CDT THU MAR 19 2015

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO REMAIN ABSENT FROM WESTERN AND
NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS
HAVE EXPANDED OVER THE PAST MONTH ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL
NEBRASKA. AS OF MARCH 19TH...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS EXISTED EAST
OF A LINE FROM CHAPPELL TO VALENTINE. FEBRUARY PRECIPITATION WAS
NEAR NORMAL ACROSS A LARGE PORTION OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL
NEBRASKA. UNFORTUNATELY...THE BULK OF THIS PRECIPITATION FELL DURING
THE FIRST HALF OF FEBRUARY. SINCE THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY...LITTLE IF
ANY PRECIPITATION HAS FALLEN ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL
NEBRASKA. THIS COUPLED WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...HAS LED TO
THE EXPANSION OF ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS.

THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH...BASED ON THE LATEST 6 TO 10 AND 8 TO
14 DAY OUTLOOKS...TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR
NORMAL.

ACCORDING TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...THE LATEST 30 DAY
OUTLOOK COVERING APRIL...CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR
NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH
CENTRAL NEBRASKA.

THE LATEST 90 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING MARCH...MAY...JUNE AND
JULY...CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION.

SINCE NO SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE OCCURRING IN THE OUTLOOK
AREA...AN ABRIDGED DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT IS ISSUED. WHEN THE
ONSET OF SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS BEGIN...AN EXPANDED DROUGHT
INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF THE
MONTH.


.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS INFORMATION
PLEASE CONTACT:

CHRIS BUTTLER
CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE NE
CHRISTOPHER.BUTTLER@NOAA.GOV


.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE...FIRE AND WATER INFORMATION
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LBF

ADDITIONAL RIVER AND RESERVOIR INFORMATION
USGS - HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV
CNPPID - HTTP://CNPPID.COM/LAKE_LEVELS.HTM

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV


.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE
USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE DROUGHT
MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN
GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE
EXTENSION SERVICES...USGS...AND THE CENTRAL NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER
AND IRRIGATION DISTRICT.


.NEXT ISSUANCE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE ROUTINELY ISSUED ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF THE
MONTH. THE NEXT ISSUANCE WILL BE APRIL 16 2015.

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BUTTLER





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